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Dunford Confirmed As Next Joint Chiefs Chair

Army Times reports that “The Senate confirmed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday, after a brief dispute between Pentagon leaders and the chamber’s leading critic of military sexual assault policy.”  

“The spat between Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and military officials had nothing to do with Dunford’s credentials but rather centered on data of sexual assaults at large military bases, information Gillibrand has been seeking for years. She stalled the confirmation process for about two days until Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered her assurances Wednesday morning that the information would be made available soon.”  

“Dunford, who has served as commandant of the Marine Corps for the past year, was confirmed for his new post without opposition just a few hours later.”

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